Danny Williams pulls out

Danny Williams has withdrawn from his British heavyweight title defence against Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena on February 13 claiming that he has a viral infection.

Danny Williams has withdrawn from his British heavyweight title defence against Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena on February 13 claiming that he has a viral infection.

Promoter Frank Warren is now in talks with two boxers who hold wins over Williams to face Chisora instead.

Williams caused confusion last week when after accepting to fight Chisora - who replaced injured Norwich fighter Sam Sexton - he then failed to turn up at a press conference to announce the Chisora bout, leaving his manager Micky Helliet to say that Williams 'needed some time to get his head around the change'.

However, Williams confirmed last Friday that he was going ahead with the fight against the unbeaten puncher from Finchley. Now Williams has once again disrupted the Night of the Champions event.


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Warren, who has had plenty of experience dealing with Williams, said: 'It's very disappointing and frustrating after last week's antics for Danny to once again pull out of the fight leaving Derek in the lurch.

'I'm just sorry for Derek who has trained his heart out for his British title opportunity and has had it scuppered - and remember that Williams didn't want to fight him when I tried to make the fight last year.

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'I am working hard for Derek who will still feature on the Night of the Champion show and the two boxers I am negotiating with have beaten Danny already.

'I said last week that Danny should vacate the title or retire if he didn't want to fight him.'

He added: 'The Night of the Champions features the best in young talent that I promote like Derek, Nathan Cleverly, Kevin Mitchell, James DeGale, Frankie Gavin, Billy Joe Saunders, Jamie Cox, and the Walsh brothers and it will be a fantastic night showcasing the future of British boxing.'

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